Doha, May 26, QANA / In the context of of activities related to of the Seventh Future Forum due to be held in Doha later this year in November, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) today (Wednesday: 5/26/2010) held a press conference to officially announce the schedule and venue of workshop.
The 2-day workshop is scheduled to kick off Saturday, 29th May 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Mr. Sultan Al-Jamali, NHRC head of the administrative and financial affairs Department, said that the workshop will discuss the peaceful resolution of disputes and the transition to democracy focusing on the role of civil society organizations that serve in this context. These discussions, he added, should highlight the challenges, problems that need to be evaluated so as to enable participants to come up with the recommendations needed to resolve disputes, on one hand, and to pave the way to transition to democracy, on the other. Eventually these recommendations will be referred to the Seventh Forum for the Future, which will be held at the end of this year on ministerial level comprising the G8 and the BEMENA, BMENA, Broader Middle East and North Africa, groups.
A copy of the workshop’s programme and a note of the history of the Future forum process were handed out at the press conference.
According to a US State Department report, the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations and countries of the BMENA, Broader Middle East and North Africa, launched the Partnership for Progress and a Common Future – a blueprint for how G8 and Middle Eastern countries could best work together to support indigenous calls for reform – at the G8 Sea Island, Georgia, summit in June 2004.
The inaugural Forum for the Future in Rabat in December 2004 established a process of dialogue among G8 and regional governments in pursuit of these aims and underwrote seven ambitious initiatives formulated at the Sea Island summit.
The yearly Forum for the Future is a centerpiece of the BMENA partnership by providing an international venue to support the reform voices in the region. The Forum permits the partners and other supportive countries and organizations to engage on political, economic and social reform on a regular basis.
Also participating in the press briefing were, Mr. Mohsin Marzouq, the secretary general of the Arab Foundation for Democracy, and Ba-tahir Bo-jalal, international law advisor and expert at NHRC president’s office.
The G8 comprises The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The French Republic, The Russian Federation, The Federal Republic of Germany, The United States of America, Japan, The Republic of Italy and Canada. The European Commission is also represented.
BMENA comprises Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE West Bank/Gaza and Yemen.
FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE